Warning: Contains swearing and mild peril


I’m sure you’re all familiar with Application Programming Interfaces and how they can enhance your use of t’internet.

No? Well according the that nest of vipers at Wikipedia, they’re “a set of routines, data structures, object classes and/or protocols provided by libraries and/or operating system services in order to support the building of applications.” I hope that’s clear.

Step forward someone called Tom Hume, who has developed a fascinating but pointless API which tracks the Guardian’s use of expletives from 1998 to 2008. I’m sure this research is valuable to somebody, and will presumably feature as part of a media studies course at one of those ersatz ‘universities’ that proliferate in pov-ridden, red-brick towns in the future.

Still, as one poster points out: “Interesting that while the number of cocks in the Guardian has stayed pretty much the same, the level of shit it produces has increased exponentially.”

That CP-fucking-Scott must be spinning in his bastard grave.

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